Frequently Asked Questions – Select your question below.


MORE ABOUT MCAS – Accessing information about your child at our Academy

The MyChildAtSchool portal is for parental access. This will provide you with a much greater quality of information about your child in real time as the portal is linked to our managed information system cloud.

To access the MyChildAtSchool (MCAS) Portal please click on the link below. – Please use school ID 11345

As a Parent or carer you should have been provided with a username and password for this system.

If not please contact and one will be provided.

In the windows below please find a system overview video and a parent user guide to the MCAS system.


Assessment Ways of judging how well students are progressing.
Attainment What students accomplish.
Catchment area A defined geographical area from which a school takes its students.
Connexions A youth service providing advice, guidance and support for all 13 to 19 year olds.
Community schools Schools wholly funded by the Local Authority.

All the courses and learning opportunities a school offers, or a course of study being followed by a student.


Department for Children and Families. The government department with responsibility for children’s services, families, schools and 14-19 education.


The way in which the school’s curriculum and teaching methods are adapted to meet the needs of children.

ESBD Emotional, Social and Behavioural Difficulties.
Evaluation How well did it work?

Education Welfare Officer – a person employed by the Local Authority to make sure that children are getting the education they need. They deal mainly with school attendance. Our EWO is Karen Mullinder.


Exclusion means that your child may not attend lessons or go on the school premises for a set period of time, or permanently in some cases.


General Certificate of Secondary Education


Individual Education Plan – drawn up by a school’s SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Coordinator.) It sets targets for a student to achieve and a date for a review of progress.


Information and Communication Technology – refers to the whole area of computers.

INSET days

In-Service Education and Training. INSET days are set aside to allow teachers to update their skills and knowledge in order to raise student achievement.

Key Stage

Your child’s progress through school is measured in Key Stages. Key Stage 1 covers students from 5-7. Key Stage 2 from 7-11, Key Stage 3 from 11-14, Key Stage 4 from 14-16 and Key Stage 5 16-18.


Local Authority. A body responsible for providing education for students of school age in its area. It also has responsibility for early years, the youth service and adult education.

Learning difficulty

If a child has a learning difficulty s/he finds it muchharder to learn than most children of the same age.

National Curriculum

The basic framework setting out what children aged 5 to 16 in state schools should learn.


Office For Standards in Education – the body which inspects schools.

Progression Do students move forward with their learning?

A Pupil Referral Unit is a centre that can provide part-time or full-time support for children who are currently not attending school or who need additional help with their behaviour or learning.


Standard Assessment Tests – which check children’s progress.


Special Educational needs. Learning difficulties, talents or other needs, for which a child requires special help. One in five children may have some sort of learning difficulty during their school life.

SENCO Special Educational Needs Co-Coordinator. The teacher in a school who is responsible for arranging the extra help for children with special educational needs. Our SENCO is Mrs Sue Turner.
Specialist School Schools who use government grants and business sponsorship to improve their facilities and resources in a particular area. Lord Lawson of Beamish School is a specialist school in Art and Applied Learning.
Statement A document that sets out a child’s needs and all the extra help (provision) s/he should get.
Targets The individual goals set for a student. Targets are a way of checking a student’s progress.
Work Experience

A system which allows students approaching the end of their secondary education the opportunity to take part in work placements.

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